After the death of Mother Frances, the fame of her sanctity spread more widely and many favors were attributed to her intercession. Encouraged by these signs of her powerful intercession, the community arranged that the cause for her beatification be introduced in the Church leading to canonization.

In 1937, twenty-six years after the death of the Servant of God Mother Frances Streitel, the Bishop of Nepi-Sutri, the Venerable Bishop Luigi

Maria Olivares, initiated the first step toward canonization, the Diocesan Informative Process (collecting information). Father Aquilino Reichert, OFM, Conv., was appointed as Postulator. Because of the long period of time between beginnings in the documented testimony from the sisters who had known Mother Frances, three other Rogatory Processes (additional inquiries) were held. The first process took place in W├╝rzburg, Germany; the second in Paterson, New Jersey (USA), the third, in Winona, Minnesota, (USA). All of this data was included in the Positio Super Causae Introductione (1946) and sent to the Sacred Congregation of Rites in the Vatican.

Holy Father Pius XII opened the Cause and Apostolic Process as early as June 13, 1947, but it was interrupted until March 30, 1963. At that time, Blessed Pope John XXIII gave his consent for the continuation of the Cause.

Under the direction of the Relator F. Peter K. Gumpel, SJ, the Cause was reopened and in 1994 Fr. Gumpel was replaced by Fr. Ambrogio Eszer, OP. Under his leadership, Sr. Therese Marie Mueller of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother completed the Positio required new proposition: An Extraordinary Life and Reputation of Virtues). In 2003, the general council appointed Sr. Therese Marie Mueller as Postulator for the Cause of Mother Frances Streitel.

The Novissima Positio was submitted to the Historical Congress on February 24, 2009 and on May 15, 2009 it unanimously passed the scrutiny of the theologians. The Commission of the Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints met on January 19, 2010 and unanimously gave a positive vote regarding the Heroic Virtues of Mother Frances. On March 27, 2010, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the Congregation of the Cause of the Saints to promulgate the Decree of the Heroic Virtues of the Servant of God, Mother Frances of the Cross Streitel.

It is hoped that the holiness of Mother Frances and fervent prayer will result in miracles of healing of the congregation, the SSM associates, and all who know of Mother Frances.


Prayer for the Beatification of the Venerable Servant of God, Mother Frances of the Cross Streitel

Most Holy Trinity, almighty and merciful God, kindly hear my petition which I humbly present to You through the intercession of Your servant Mother Frances Streitel, with the firm trust of being heard.

Through the tender devotion and veneration which the Servant of God always had for Mary, Mother of Sorrows, grant me the grace…for which I ask You in honor of this Your servant and for the salvation of my soul.

Glory Be…


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